Aug. 19, 2015
The award is presented annually to the nation’s outstanding Division I college offensive player who meets one or more of the following criteria: 1. Born in Texas; 2. Graduated from a Texas high school; or 3. Played at a Texas-based junior college or four-year college. The player must also exhibit the enduring characteristics that define Earl Campbell, including integrity, performance, teamwork, sportsmanship, community, and tenacity – specifically tenacity to persist, drive, determination to overcome adversity and injury in pursuit of reaching goals.
Barrett, a finalist for the award last season, was named the Big Ten quarterback and freshman of the year in 2014 after going 11-1 as a starter while setting 19 school and Big Ten records. Barrett set a school-record with 3,772 total yards, including 2,834 passing yards and 938 rushing yards in 12 games. He set a Big Ten record with 45 total touchdowns and finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting. Among other notable records, Barrett tied a school record with six touchdown passes vs. Kent State and had the second-most offensive yards in school history (409) vs. Cincinnati, including a personal best 330 yards passing. In the biggest regular-season win of the year, Barrett threw for 300 yards, rushed for 86 and accounted for five touchdowns in the road win at Michigan State and the Spartans’ No. 5-ranked total defense. Barrett finished the season second nationally to Marcus Mariota in passing efficiency (169.8 rating) and was 10th nationally in total offense (314.3 yards per game) while leading the Big Ten in both categories.
Wilson, who also is on the Paul Hornung watch list, enters his junior campaign with 43 career receptions for 510 yards and five scores. He also has a career rushing average of 7.1 yards per carry with 350 yards off 49 carries and one touchdown. Wilson trails only Ezekiel Elliott on the team in all-purpose yards with 2,047, a total that includes a two-year team-high 1,187 return yards off 57 returns (43 kickoffs at 24.4 yards per return and 14 punts at 9.7 yards per return). Wilson played extensively in the first nine games of the season last year, making three starts (vs. Virginia Tech, Cincinnati and Maryland), and catching 21 passes for an even 300 yards with three scores. He was also averaging 5.6 yards per carry with 100 yards off 18 rushes, but a foot injury in the win at Michigan State ended his season except for three plays in the national championship game vs. Oregon.